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Body of Proof Review: What's Left Behind

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"Daddy Issues" brought Body of Proof full circle, as Megan Hunt finally got answers concerning her father's death... and made some decisions about her future. 

There was plenty to enjoy in this hour. Megan was finally able to exhume her father's remains, only to find they weren't there. That was the moment I knew that whatever happened to David Hunt, his wife wasn't involved.

Exhumation

I had always wondered why Joan fought so vehemently to keep the details surrounding her husband's death a secret. But I suppose it was simply the guil of a grieving widow who believed she should have seen the signs in her supposedly suicidal husband. 

When Joan heard that his body had gone missing, she was truly shocked and finally understood that Megan's suspicions were correct. It was quite the turn around from the anger she'd been exuding over Megan's investigation. 

Tommy certainly stepped up his game. Even though Megan had previously told him they were over, he still wouldn't leave her side. He was there when the exhumation took place and I appreciated when he told Megan that she could still walk away and keep the picture of her father the way he was in her mind.

Megan's answer was perfect. What was left in that casket (or should have been left in it) wasn't who David Hunt was, it was simply what little was left behind.

The finale also gave us insights into many of out other favorite characters. 

Ethan was considering field work. Curtis admitted how much he loved exactly what he was doing right now and had no intention of leaving. And Kate had second thoughts about her political career, which was a relief considering how much I'd despised that story line all season.

It'd been so long since we'd seen Kate work on a facial reconstruction that I'd all but forgotten that it was her speciality. Curtis was right. It may have been the first time we saw her truly smile all year.

On top of it all, we had a myriad of suspects. Earl Brown was a suitably creepy serial killer who couldn't wait to relive the memory of his kills. That was the greatest tell that he was indeed speaking the truth when he said he hadn't murdered Lindsey. If he had, he would have relished sharing every sick and gory detail.

But this was where things got a little murky. I figured that retired Detective Fitz wasn't the killer because he seemed too obvious. However it was difficult to watch Megan burst in on Tommy's interrogation. She just couldn't trust him to do his job and get results.  

More often than not, Megan's stubborn independence and need to do every job herself blinds her to other ways of getting it done.

As much as I loved Trent Marsh in the past, his introduction here felt a bit off. As if they were trying too hard to find a place for him within this story. But I did like his conversation with Megan in the parking garage. It was as though she were speaking to the Grim Reaper himself. If she had pointed him in the right direction, he would have gladly killed for her. I had to agree with his assessment in this Body of Proof quote

Trent: What punishment could possibly be fitting enough for the one who inexcusably robbed you of what was so dear? | permalink

The problem was the no punishment or revenge would ever bring back what was lost or replace the decades of pain Megan had already endured. 

Just as I was pleasantly surprised that Police Chief Martin was acting human for the first time all season, I found out it was all a ruse. Story wise her explanation made sense. But the answers all came a little too fast to be truly satisfying. Unfortunately that may have simply been the downfall of only having a 13 episode this season.

But I am incredibly grateful that we and Megan found the answers she'd been searching for for so long. And I was thrilled that she finally saw the man Tommy had become instead of the one she had left 20 years before. He's been steadfastly standing by her all season, even when anyone else would have run in the opposite direction.  

Their final scene practically had me in tears. It's about time Megan was truly able to let her walls down and take comfort in someone else. I couldn't be happier that that person was Tommy.

I'm truly saddened that this is the end of Body of Proof. Season 3 has been the best of the series so far and this finale only makes me want to know what comes next for these wonderfully quirky, original characters. Sometimes, the TV gods are just plain cruel.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Sadly it's not surprising that the series was not only cancelled but initially not renewed. Season 3 saw Megan become completely self-righteous and unbearably arrogant venturing outside the bounds of impartial advocate which the first two seasons depicted so well. While never truly humble her pursuits were obviously as an advocate who allowed the evidence to solve the crime vs S3 where it became more about making the evidence fit the agenda. It would have worked better if she'd left the MEO and worked for a law firm as her pursuits were no longer about reading the bodies. The procedurals around the law, workplace hierarchy and subordinate behavior ventured beyond the believable (or rational for that matter) which for a show of this kind most definitely spells death... It's really too bad, the first two seasons held so much promise.

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@ Etom

Btw - I have no issue with the acting whatsoever, it's the scripting that drove this series off the rails IMO. Love Dana Delaney, Jeri Ryan et al just wish they'd stuck to the original formula that served them so well for two seasons.

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I agree with everything Christine said. While I'm sad to see the series end just when it was hitting its stride, I'm satisfied with he closure on the main story lines. Megan's character has grown so much over the 3 seaosns and having her accept Tommy back into her life was a great moment. I hope to see Dana Delaney in something new this fall.

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I'm glad the series ended on a high note by putting Megan and Tommy together in the last scene. The only thing I wish is that we could have found out why Megan's mother didn't like Tommy---there's a story there that could have been explored had the season been a few episodes longer.

Phxcowbot

really liked the show - strong cast and mostly good story lines - maybe it was just too smart for most viewers, and those two beautiful women aren't young hotties anymore, but perfect in-their-prime Women. the TVidiots are too focused on marketing to 18-35 demographics.

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Yes, TV gods are cruel...

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It's too bad the writers took three seasons to hit their stride...because it was too late to build the necessary audience. They burned off too many fans with the insufferable, impossible, negative, and bitchy Megan of the first two seasons. I hated the way she treated her ex, co-workers, mother, and even her daughter in the past. The last several episodes were enjoyable...and I agree with others I'm glad that they ended without cliffhangers.

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This was a nice show that at least ABC let have an ending... Too many times, shows are dumped without letting its fans have that ending.. I do think the time elements to have the captain as the murderer are way off base.. Especially since the actress playing the captain is 4-5 years younger than Dana Delany... Oh well.. that's Hollywood...

Debb831

I also am happy they wrapped up the series. I hated thinking last year they were going to leave us hanging with Peter if it didn't get picked up. So, IMO this was the right decision by the writers since they didn't know for sure this would be the last episode. My only negative was thinking, "really the Police Chief?" She would have to be at least 15 years older than Megan. Maybe I am giving the actress more credit because she does not look that old! LOL But, all in all, I am happy with the loose ends, for the most part (yes, we never found out about the body being moved) being tied up and can walk away from the show without any large lingering questions.

Marissa

Oh I almost forgot did we ever find out what chief Martin did with Megan's fathers body? because I didn't think we figured that out I thought they left it as just missing still they didn't really tell us anything about it but I could of just missed that part.

Marissa

Continue And she was the one who actually killed the girl and Megan's father and the cop who helped her cover it up. I will miss this show but it had a great run and a great series finale.

Body of Proof Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

Tommy: Look Megan, the ball was in your court. You took it out of play.
Megan: It didn't take you long to find another game.

I didn't want to leave you Pumpkin but like I said, this world is not for me.

David Hunt